Mamelodi Sundowns slowly climbing to the top following Chiefs’ defeat

Mamelodi Sundowns slowly climbing to the top following Chiefs’ defeat

- Mamelodi Sundowns reduced Kaizer Chiefs' lead in the Absa Premiership to seven points

- Following Chiefs' surprise defeat to Maritzburg United on Saturday, Sundowns produced a 3-0 victory over Chippa United

- Downs mentor Pitso Mosimane wasn't impressed with his team's performance, but was relieved to bag the three points

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Kaizer Chiefs recently boasted a huge and impressive lead in the Absa Premiership.

It wasn't long ago when the lead seemed insurmountable, but the Amakhosi enjoyed a less than impressive festive season and suffered another surprise loss over the weekend.

Saturday saw Chiefs slump to an unexpected defeat to Maritzburg United and suddenly pundits are touting Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and even Orlando Pirates as title-challengers.

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Sundowns ensured the pressure was kept on Chiefs, as they achieved a 3-0 victory over Chippa United.

The results mean that the deficit has been reduced to seven points, with Sundowns having a game in hand against Bloemfontein Celtic.

While the scoreline seems convincing, Downs coach Pitso Mosimane was far from impressed.

Mosimane said, "We have to push, if you want to stay in contention for the title they have to push, they know."

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SowetanLIVE reported that Mosimane feared that Chippa would make his team pay for all their missed opportunities.

Mosimane added, "And I was telling them at half-time that you are playing with the opportunity of keeping the league alive, because they were missing, they started to do back hills and they wanted to be fancy."

The Downs tactician bemoaned the lack of urgency and composure in the opposition box, but was satisfied with collecting three points.

Previously, reported that Mosimane feels that the league is in the hands of Kaizer Chiefs.

The Mosimane mind-games may well be taking its toll on the Amakhosi players.

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